Originally Posted by emmy526
This cell line was developed in China, and reading through the study it sounds like the Chinese government wants to develop their own human diploid cell lines to use in their vaccines. From the study:
Walvax-2 cells have received qualification test reports from the NIFDC and CCTCC, an important step in their use for the production of human viral vaccines in China. Given that the availability of HDCSs, and therefore the production of HDCVs, is currently subject to external forces, the development of an HDCS of Chinese origin has great implications for improving the stability of the supply of HDCVs in China.
This work was financially supported by National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (2014AA021002), the National Key Technology Support Program (2008BAI54B04–09), National Science and Technology Major Project (2013ZX10004003) and Major Project of Yunnan Provence Programs for Fundamental Research (2013FC005)
It's also important to note that the study was published in the spring of 2015, while China's one-child policy was still in effect. The fetal tissue collection and the lab work would have happened even earlier. The study states that the abortion was necessary due to "the presence of a uterine scar from a previous caesarean birth by a 27-year old healthy woman." Perhaps this is accurate, but during this time period it's estimated that 30-60 million females were aborted or killed soon after birth. Given the known authoritarianism of China's government, particularly with the one child policy, can it be safely assumed that the abortion was elective?
As far as the method, this method is rarely used, and never on a three month old fetus. It's highly unethical. This sums up the ethical concerns pretty succinctly: http://ethicalresearch.net/positions...2-cell-strain/
...the involved physicians performing the abortion should not deviate from the normal method of aborting the fetus (in the case of a three month fetus, a D&C) just so they might provide “optimal fetal tissue” for the vaccine researchers. But this is what the doctors did in aborting the 3-month old female fetus whose tissue eventually proved to produce the best diploid cell strain out of the batch of 9 aborted fetuses for the Walvax-2 cell substrate. They employed a special means of induction (the water bag method) so they or someone they delegated, could deliver to Bo Ma et al intact fetal cadavers with fresh organs...